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Marilyn J Walker

October 6, 1930 — January 3, 2023


Marilyn Jolene (Rousey) Walker, age 92 was called to rest on January 3rd, 2023 at the WEL-Life Assisted Living in Ogallala, NE
Marilyn, the only child of Orla (pronounced Or-lay) and Helen (Ruettimann) Rousey was born October 6th, 1930 at Hamlet, NE.
She attended grade school in Hamlet and attended High school at Wauneta, NE graduating with the class of 1948.
Marilyn attended and earned a teaching certificate from Kearney State Teachers College, now known as University of Nebraska at Kearney. She taught 3 years at rural schools in Hayes County.
On December 23, 1951, she married Frank Priest in the Hamlet Union Church. Four children were born to this union. Eldon Delynn, Gerald Eugene, Jolene Rose and Orla Jean. During these years they moved often with their work of construction. Living in several towns in Nebraska plus the states of Colorado, South Dakota, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Her husband lost his life in their trailer house fire in 1959 at Bogue, KS. Marilyn and children moved back to Hamlet NE to be near family and friends.
Marilyn married L.E. “Oney” Walker, on February 19th, 1965 in the Methodist Church in Culbertson, NE and making their home in Hamlet, NE.
In May of 1971, Marilyn took the position at the Hamlet Post Office and served as Postmaster for 25 and ½ years, retiring in 1997. Also during those years, she and Oney owned and operated the “Walker’s Service” in Hamlet for 11 years.
Marilyn was a member of the Hamlet Union Church; A Charter and Life Member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary at Palisade, NE; A member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Wauneta, NE. Served on the Meadow Lawn Cemetery Board for nearly 37 years.
Marilyn moved to Ogallala, NE in March of 1999 to live closer to her daughter, Orla and family.
Preceding her in death: son, Eldon, being 7 weeks shy of his third birthday in March of 1957; daughter, Jolene Heldenbrand in May of 2007; husband, Frank Priest in January of 1959, her father, O.H. Rousey in February of 1968; her mother, Helen Rousey in February of 1991; her husband, L.E. Walker in October of 1987; Step-son, Clyde “Junior” Walker in May 2006; her Aunt, Pauline Haenfler in September of 2009 and husband Edward “Ed” Haenfler in December of 2006.
A very dear Aunt, Rosa Ruettimann, in April of 1980 who Marilyn said was her second mother. Plus, many other Aunt’s, Uncle’s and relatives.

Survivors include: son, Gerald (Cheryl) Priest of Julesburg, CO; daughter Orla (Ron) Kitt of Ogallala, NE; son-in-law, Rick (Lee Ann) Heldenbrand of Lincoln, NE.
5 granddaughter’s, Brandie Kitt (Jarrod) Curtis of Ogallala, NE; Marcie Kitt (Jason) Houghtelling of Cambridge, NE; Jessie Heldenbrand of Lincoln, NE; Elie Heldenbrand (Billy) Stovall all of Lincoln NE; Abbie Heldenbrand (Matt) Doran of Boone, IA;
Great Grandchildren, Eric Heldenbrand, Brye, Cole and Rynn Stovall, Kylie, Jace and Lainey Doran, Tai Le and Jessa Curtis, Kyrie, Colbie and Cici Houghtelling. Many other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday morning, January 9, 2023, 11:00 A.M. (Central Time) at the Hamlet Union Church, Hamlet, Nebraska, with Mr. Johnny Walker officiating. Interment will follow in the Meadow Lawn Cemetery, Hamlet, NE.
Visitation will be held Sunday afternoon, January 8, 2023, 2:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M. (Mountain Time) at Liewer Funeral Home, Wauneta, Nebraska.
A memorial, In Marilyn’s Memory, has been suggested to the Walker Family for a future designation.

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Sunday, January 8, 2023

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